Forthcoming events – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org Mon, 11 Nov 2019 10:06:18 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://i0.wp.com/britishpugwash.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/bpico.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Forthcoming events – British Pugwash https://britishpugwash.org 32 32 146896316 The End of Nuclear Weapons? (28th Nov, KCL) https://britishpugwash.org/the-end-of-nuclear-weapons/ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 14:30:56 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4694 British Pugwash will screen the new, hour-long documentary – The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons – about the ideas and campaigners behind the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons.…

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British Pugwash will screen the new, hour-long documentary – The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons – about the ideas and campaigners behind the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons.

Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3_bKtdtqRM&t=1s

Following this, Dr Salma Shaheen (War Studies, KCL) will chair a discussion between two Pugwash members: BASIC’s Paul Ingram (a friendly critic of the Treaty) and KCL’s Dr Lyndon Burford (Treaty supporter)

This is a public event – Open to ALL!

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Time/Date: 6pm to 8pm, Thurs 28th November 2019

The venue is Room K3.12, King’s Building, Strand Campus, The Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

Register free here: https://ban-treaty-kcl.eventbrite.co.uk

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Background on the ‘Nuclear Ban Treaty’ – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_on_the_Prohibition_of_Nuclear_Weapons

Dr Shaheen’s latest book – Nuclear Command and Control Norms – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nuclear-Command-Control-Norms-Comparative/dp/1138349291

Dr Burford’s staff page – KCL – https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/dr-lyndon-burford

Paul Ingram’s staff page – British American Security Information Council – https://basicint.org/our-staff/paul-ingram/

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Doha announced as host of 63rd Pugwash Conference, March 2020 https://britishpugwash.org/doha-announced-as-host-of-63rd-pugwash-conference-march-2020/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 12:48:52 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4644 Pugwash is pleased to announce that the 63rd Pugwash International Conference will take place from 1 – 5 March 2020, kindly hosted by the Government of the State of Qatar in Doha.…

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Pugwash is pleased to announce that the 63rd Pugwash International Conference will take place from 1 – 5 March 2020, kindly hosted by the Government of the State of Qatar in Doha.

In preparation, Pugwash Secretary General Paolo Cotta Ramusino and Senior Program Coordinator Claudia Vaughn visited Doha, Qatar, for organizational meetings in July 2019, including meeting with the General-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ahmad Hassen Al-Hammadi.

Details about how to apply to attend or present at the 63rd Pugwash Conference will be released in due course.


  • Pugwash Conferences are normally preceded by an International Student/Young Pugwash conference. Details will be released via the ISYP website in due course here
  • More information on the International Pugwash website here

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Arms Control Winter Course, Italy – International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO) – Jan 2020 https://britishpugwash.org/arms-control-winter-course-italy-international-school-on-disarmament-and-research-on-conflicts-isodarco-jan-2020/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 12:40:10 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4638 Details have now been released of the fantastic ISODARCO Winter Course, organised by Italian Pugwash.

Full details and registration is online here: www.isodarco.it

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59th Winter Course of the International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO)

Subject: Emerging Technologies, Evolving Nuclear Postures, and Deteriorating Norms: is the Global Nuclear Order Eroding?

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Details have now been released of the fantastic ISODARCO Winter Course, organised by Italian Pugwash.

Full details and registration is online here: www.isodarco.it

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59th Winter Course of the International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO)

Subject: Emerging Technologies, Evolving Nuclear Postures, and Deteriorating Norms: is the Global Nuclear Order Eroding?

Venue: Andalo (Trento, Italy), Date: 8-15 January 2020

Principal Lecturers:

Joan S. Johnson-Freese, Naval War College

Rebecca Gibbson, Belfer Center, Harvard University

Vladimir Kozin, Moscow State Institute of International relations

Adil Sultan Muhammad, Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies, Islamabad

Theodore Postol, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tariq Rauf, Canada

Philip Reiner, CEO, Technology for Global Security, Palo Alto

Carl Robichaud, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Frank Sauer, Bundeswehr University, Munich

Scott Smitson, US Southern Command

Nina Tannenwald, Brown University

Beyza Unal, Chatham House

Heather Williams, King’s College, London

Wu Riqiang, Renmin University of China.

Confirmations are expected from other eminent experts who have been invited to lecture at the course.


Group photo from ISODARCO 2019

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Pugwash training day – DIY Video – Create compelling videos to spread the message https://britishpugwash.org/pugwash-training-day-diy-video-create-compelling-videos-to-spread-the-message/ Thu, 25 Jul 2019 12:47:10 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4602 British Pugwash and Christian CND are co-hosting a media training day that will focus on how to produce compelling videos to promote a cause, explain an issue and reach new audiences.…

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British Pugwash and Christian CND are co-hosting a media training day that will focus on how to produce compelling videos to promote a cause, explain an issue and reach new audiences.

Spaces are limited. If you would like to apply, please complete a short form here.

We’re working with ShortForm Media (here), a video production company that creates content for charities, to design a workshop for Pugwash / Christian CND members and others in the peace movement to create great online content with affordable (and easy to use!) equipment.

Details:

DIY Video Day, Sat 9th Nov 2019, Methodist Central (Manchester)

This workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to engage their audience with smart video content but doesn’t know where to start. At the end of the workshop you will be equipped to begin making your own video content with the minimum gear required.

The workshop will cover:

  • Breakdown of video production
  • Planning for your shoot
  • Getting the best out of limited equipment
  • The importance of Sound
  • Shooting and lighting Interviews
  • Shooting Events
  • Editing software that won’t break the bank
  • How to get the best out of your footage
  • Assembly / music / graphics / captions
  • Best formats for web upload
  • How to push your video online

How to book:

  • Spaces are limited. If you would like to apply, please complete a short form here.
  • Attendance is free.
  • If you have any questions, please contact syp@britishpugwash.org

NB. We want you to get as much as possible from this workshop. In the application form, you will be asked what you hope to achieve by attending. Your responses will help us tweak the content of the day.

 

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Ethical Science? – Nottingham University – 23rd October 2019 https://britishpugwash.org/ethical-science-nottingham-university-23rd-october-2019/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 11:56:46 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4588 British Pugwash co-hosted with University of Nottingham Physics Department a mini-conference about ethical issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The conference was open to all ages and disciplines. The agenda is below.…

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British Pugwash co-hosted with University of Nottingham Physics Department a mini-conference about ethical issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The conference was open to all ages and disciplines. The agenda is below.

The conference was reviewed by Nottingham’s Professor Philip Moriarty (here) in a blog post titled ‘Some down-to-earth, blue sky thinking’.

Ethical science?

Wed 23rd October, UoN


1 – 1.55pm: Early days of Pugwash – Concerned Cold War scientists

Speakers: Ambassador Peter Jenkins (Chair of British Pugwash) on global nuclear politics; Emeritus Professor John Finney, Physics, UCL, on our founder Sir Jo Rotblat and the foundational ideas of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

John’s PPT slides can be found here

2 – 3.15pm: Workshop 1: Ethics of energy production – Nuclear & Green New Deal

Dr Ian Crossland (Independent Consultant at IAEA) on the pros and cons of nuclear power; Sam Harris, Labour Party activist, on the ‘Green New Deal’

Dr Crossland’s presentation (video) can be found here

3.15 – 3.45pm: Refreshments

3.45 – 4.55pm: Workshop 2: Technologies of war and peace 

Laura Nolan (International Committee on Robot Arms Control, formerly Google) on ‘Killer Robots’; Anuradha Damale (Verification Research, Training and Information Centre) on nuclear weapons verification programmes

Laura Nolan’s presentation (video) can be found here

5.00pm – 6pm: Closing discussion – The Lucas Plan – Arms to Renewables?

Tony Simpson (Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation) on the experiences of the Lucas Aerospace Combine Shop Stewards Committee and Mike Cooley’s ideas of ‘Socially Useful Production’

Tony showed the trailer of a new film about the Lucas Plan, which can be found online here


Collected multimedia:

  • Prof Finney on Pugwash history and Jo Rotblat’s life and goals – Slides – here
  • Dr Crossland on the pros and cons of nuclear power – Video – here
  • Laura Nolan on autonomous weapons (‘Killer Robots’) – Video – here
  • Prof Moriarty’s summary of the conference – Blog – here
  • A trailer of The Plan (new film about the Lucas Plan) – Video here

Location

C27 Lecture Theatre, Physics, University Park campus (University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD)

Information

For more information, please email syp@britishpugwash.org

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Pugwash at APPG on drones: ‘Drones, swarming and the future of warfare’ https://britishpugwash.org/pugwash-at-appg-on-drones-drones-swarming-and-the-future-of-warfare/ Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:43:31 +0000 https://britishpugwash.org/?p=4580 Our Executive Committee member, Sebastian Brixey-Williams, spoke about some of his recent research on marine drones to a meeting organised by three different All Party Parliamentary Groups.

The presentation touched on some of his Pugwash-funded research on how trends in unmanned underwater vehicles might impact submarine-based nuclear weapons systems.…

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Our Executive Committee member, Sebastian Brixey-Williams, spoke about some of his recent research on marine drones to a meeting organised by three different All Party Parliamentary Groups.

The presentation touched on some of his Pugwash-funded research on how trends in unmanned underwater vehicles might impact submarine-based nuclear weapons systems.

A summary of the meeting is here

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